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Mark Calcavecchia

Player Data

  • Birthdate: June 11, 1960
  • Birthplace: Laurel, Neb.
  • Residence: West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Age: 46 Ht: 6' 0" Wt: 200
  • Turned Pro: 1981
  • College: Florida

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Player Notes

After his family moved from Laurel, Neb., to Palm Beach, Fla., the teenage Calcavecchia was able to play golf every day, during the summer months playing as many as 72 holes a day. He turned professional in 1981 and qualified for the PGA Tour, but his first four years were a struggle, and he was forced to go back to Q-school after every year. When he failed to qualify for the 1986 season Calcavecchia caddied for his friend, Ken Green, in a handful of tournaments and practiced more than ever. He four-spotted at Doral that year, led the first round with a 65 and ended up tied for 8th. By the end of the summer he had a conditional card and ended the season 58th on the money list. The highlight of his career came in 1989 when he won the British Open, beating Greg Norman and Wayne Grady in a four-hole playoff. Daughter Britney was born three weeks after that victory at Troon. Member of 1987, '89 '91 and 2002 Ryder Cup Teams. Member of 1998 Presidents Cup Team. Finished second in All-Around stats category in 1996 and 5th in 1997. Had finished in the top 50 on the money list every year since 1987 until he finished 53 on the 2002 money list.

Career Victories

European Tour
1 - 1989 British Open

PGA Tour
12 - 1986 Southwest Golf Classic, 1987 Honda Classic, 1988 Bank of Boston Classic, 1989 Phoenix Open, Nissan Los Angeles Open, British Open, 1992 Phoenix Open, 1995 BellSouth Classic, 1997 Greater Vancouver Open, 1998 Honda Classic, 2001 Phoenix Open, Bell Canadian Open.

Other
1988 Australian Open, 1993 and '95 Argentine Open, 1995 Franklin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Steve Elkington), 1997 Sarazen World Open, 1999 Diner's Club Matches (teamed with Fred Couples)

Career Summary

1981 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 73.94; money $404 (ranked 313th); best finish, T67th, Quad Cities Open.

1982 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.84 (ranked 148th); money $25,064 (ranked 135th); best finish, T7th, Magnolia Classic.

1983 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.98 (ranked 137th); money $16,313 (ranked 161st); best finish, T6th, Greater Milwaukee Open.

1984 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.91 (ranked 132nd); money $29,660 (ranked 140th); best finish, T4th, Greater Milwaukee Open.

1985 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.65; money $15,957 (ranked 167th); best finish, T20th, Kemper Open.

1986 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.98; money $155,012 (ranked 58th); winner Southwest Golf Classic

1987 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 70.83 (ranked 22nd); money $522,398 (ranked 10th); winner Honda Classic

1988 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average 70.33 (ranked 27th); money $751,912 (ranked 6th); winner Bank of Boston Classic

1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average 60.97 (ranked 9th); money $807,741 (ranked 5th); winner Phoenix Open, Nissan Los Angeles Open & British Open

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 70.19 (ranked 12th); money $834,281 (ranked 7th); finishing 2nd in 5 different tournaments.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.51 (ranked 36th); money $323,621 (ranked 50th); best finish, T3rd, Nestle Invitational.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.08 (ranked T81st); money $377,234 (ranked 39th); winner Phoenix Open.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.66 (ranked41st); money $630,366 (ranked 21st); best finish, 2nd, The International and T2nd BellSouth Classic and Greater Milwaukee Open.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.25 (ranked T25th); money $533,201 (ranked 30th); best finish, 2nd, Canadian Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 25; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.28 (ranked T22nd); money $843,552 (ranked 13th); winner, BellSouth Classic.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 70.56 (ranked T34th); money $628,851 (ranked 29th); best finish, T3rd, Canon Greater Hartford Open and Las Vegas Invitational.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.00 (ranked 16th); money $1,117,365 (ranked 14th); winner Greater Vancouver Open.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.11 (ranked 19th); money $1,368,554 (ranked 12th); winner Honda Classic.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.07 (ranked 75th); money $733,971 (ranked 59th); best finish, T3rd, Canon Greater Hartford Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; rounds played - 92 ; in money -21; top-10 finishes - 9; money $1,702,317 (ranked 23rd); best finish 2nd at the Canon Greater Hartford Open and Marconi Pennsylvania Classic

2000 Stats
Scoring - 70.46 / (32nd); driving distance - 279.7 / (31st); driving accuracy -71.1% / (55th); GIR - 68.9% / (31st); putting - 1.767 / (63rd); birdie average - 4.07 per rd / (6th) / total birdies - 374; sand saves - 56.2% / (66th); scrambling - 62.8% / (26th); all-around rank - 427 / (25th)

2001 Notes
Had arthroscopic knee surgery just after Bob Hope, coming back three weeks later at the Honda Classic.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; rounds played - 79 ; in money -16; top-10 finishes - 5; money $1,991,576 (ranked 17th); Winner at the Phoenix Open

2001 Stats
Scoring - 70.40 / (32nd); driving distance - 286.2 / (28th); driving accuracy -66.5% / (132nd); GIR - 67.6% / (62); putting - 1.747 / (30th); birdie average - 4.24 per rd / (7th) / total birdies - 335; sand saves - 55.6% / (50th); scrambling - 60.7% / (77th); all-around rank - 357 / (13th).

2002 Notes
42 of his 79 rounds were under par. Also only took 93 putts at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic matching the record low held by Kenny Knox at the 1989 MCI Heritage Classic. Treated for sleep apnea after 2002 season that included fatigue, weight gain and "general lack of focus.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; rounds played - 79 ; in money -16; top-10 finishes - 5; money $1,164,169 (ranked 53rd); best finish 2nd at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic

2002 Stats
Scoring - 71.35 / (119th); driving distance - 285.5 / (47th); driving accuracy -66.5% / (123rd); GIR - 66.1% / (86th); putting - 1.741 / (24th); birdie average - 4.01 per rd / (13th) / total birdies - 317; sand saves - 55.6% / (32nd); all-around rank - 499 / (30th).

2003 Notes
Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the sixth time in seven years despite battling various back and knee injuries.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; Rounds Played - 84; in money - 19; top -10 Finishes - 3; money $1,121,069 Rank (65th); Best finish: T-2nd at the Shell Houston Open.

2003 Stats
Scoring - 70.33 / (32nd); Driving Distance - 287.6 / (87th); Driving Accuracy - 64.0% / (126th); GIR - 64.0% / (126th); Putting - 1.747 / (30th); Birdie Average - 4.23 per rd / (4th) / Total Birdies - 355; Sand Saves - 54.6% / (35th); All-Around Rank - 622 / (52nd).

2004 Notes
Did not secure his card until the second-to-last tournament of the season. A T6 at the Funai Classic jumped him from No. 129 to 112 on the money list

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; Rounds Played - 78; in money - 17; top -10 Finishes - 2; money $717,876 Rank (112th); Best finish: T-6th at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort

2004 Stats
Scoring - 71.12 / (99th); Driving Distance - 291.3 / (56th); Driving Accuracy - 64.5% / (91st); GIR - 64.9% / (100th); Putting - 1.765 / (59th); Birdie Average - 3.77 per rd / (34th) / Total Birdies - 294; Sand Saves - 52.3% / (52nd); All-Around Rank - 548 / (38th).

2005 Notes
Finished in the top 30 (No. 25) on the money list for first time since 2001 and earned over $2 million for the first time in his 24-year PGA Tour career

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; Rounds Played - 90; in money - 96; top -10 Finishes - 5; money $2,185,310 Rank (25th); Best finish: Win at the Bell Canadian Open

2005 Stats
Scoring - 70.49 / (36th); Driving Distance - 289.3 / (91st); Driving Accuracy - 66.5% / (49th); GIR - 65.9% / (75th); Putting - 1.773 / (79th); Birdie Average - 3.74 per rd / (29th) / Total Birdies - 337; Sand Saves - 54.6% / (40th); All-Around Rank - 471 / (14th).

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